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The Latest Series Halting Production In California Due To Covid

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at July 29, 2021

Topline

Production on the Paramount Plus Series The Offer was halted Wednesday due to a production member in “Zone A,” which includes actors and the crew that interact with them, testing positive for the virus, as other companies like Netflix mandate vaccines for “Zone A” members on its production sets amid rising Covid-19 cases in the U.S.

Key Facts

Filming for the series began earlier this month in Los Angeles, where HBO’s Westworld, which also halted production for a few days this week due to a Covid-19 case, also films.

Cast members in “Zone A” of the production include actors Miles Teller, Giovanni Ribisi, Collin Hanks, Matthew Goode, Juno Temple and Dan Fogler.

Crucial Quote

“Out of an abundance of caution, we have temporarily halted production… We will continue to follow all safety protocols and monitor the situation closely,” a spokesperson for Paramount Television Studios told Deadline.

Key Background

Multiple shows have had to pause filming in the past few months because of positive Covid-19 cases, including HBO’s Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon, and Netflix’s Bridgerton, which was shut down for an indefinite amount of time in order for show runners to figure out a new schedule to return to production. To ensure other productions wouldn’t get set back, Netflix announced Wednesday it would be mandating vaccines for “Zone A” crew on all U.S. productions. This is an option for all studios, as they were able to reach an agreement with production guilds earlier this month to loosen Covid restrictions like wearing a mask outdoors on set and meal protocols, if cast and crew members were fully vaccinated.

What To Watch Out For:

If more studios announce mandatory vaccines for cast and crew in the next few weeks as Covid-19 cases grow in the U.S. due to the delta variant. The Centers for Disease Control’s former director said that Covid-19 cases in the U.S. appear to be on an upward trajectory to quadruple in the next few weeks.

Further Reading

‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Gangs Of London’ And Other TV Productions Halted This Week Due To Covid-19 (Forbes)

Netflix Will Reportedly Mandate Coronavirus Vaccines On All U.S. Productions (Forbes)

CDC To Reinstate Mask Guidance For Vaccinated Americans In Certain Circumstances (Forbes)

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